TV Guide 365: Saturday, September 19th, 1964

TV Guide 365: 1964-1965 explores the 1964-1965 television season through listings published in TV Guide. Each day I’ll post listings for the corresponding day from the 1964-1965 season, with complete cast and guest cast details for obscure, short-lived shows.

Saturday, September 19th, 1964

7:30 LUCY-DESI–Comedy (CBS)
“Lucy Wants a Career.” Lucy, bored with being a homebody, gets a job as “girl Friday” for a TV show starring actor Paul Douglas. Her shenanigans infuriate Douglas, but the sponsors are impressed. (60 min.)
Last show of the summer. Jackie Gleason returns in this time slot next week.

[DEBUT] [COLOR] A dauntless dolphin–almost an aquatic Lassie–has the title role in this half-hour adventure series. The human stars are Brian Kelly as widower Porter Ricks, a marine preserve ranger in the Florida Keys; and Luke Halpin (as Sandy) and Tommy Norden (as Bud), his two sons. Tonight: “300 Feet Below.” Having been attacked by sharks on the open sea, Dr. Bill Darmon radios Porter for help.

The series orbits into its second season with “Soldier.” A soldier of the future, trained only to kill, finds himself suddenly transported into the past … his past, but our present. (60 min.)

8:00 MR. MAGOO–Cartoons (NBC)
[DEBUT] [COLOR] The myopic Mr. Magoo bumbles onto the TV screen in this half-hour animated series that presents a different legendary tale each week. Magoo (voice by Jim Backus) acts as host and often portrays the story’s hero. Tonight: “William Tell,” with Magoo as the legendary William.

8:30 DEFENDERS–Drama (CBS)
“A Man Against Himself.” If convicted, Danny Ross feaces 15 years imprisonment on a manslaughter charge for accidentally killing a man in a street brawl. And Danny insists on handling his own defense. Script: Raphael Hayes.. Preston: E.G. Marshall. Ken: Robert Reed. (60 min.)
Guest Cast
Danny Ross …………… Ivan Dixon
Janet Lamb …………… Ellen Holly
Dr. Leonard ………….. Michael Shilo
DA ………………….. J. D. Cannon
Judge ……………….. Marc Connelly
“Gilligan’s Island”–a comedy series starring bob Denver, Alan Hale and Jim Backus–debuts in the 8:30-9 P.M. time spot next week, followed by the premiere of “Mr. Broadway” from 9-10 P.M. “Defenders” begins its new season this coming Thursday in the 10-11 P.M. time spot.

[DEBUT] After nine years as “Gunsmoke’s” Chester, Dennis Weaver walks tall (and without a limp) as Kentucky Jones, a veterinarian and former horse trainer. Ricky Der is Dwight Eisenhower Wong, Kentucky’s 10-year-old Chinese ward,. and Harry Morgan plays his side-kick, Seldom Jackson. Tonight: Recently widowed Kentucky gets the news that the orphan he and his late wife had planned to adopt is waiting at the airport.
Guest Cast
Mabel Healey ……………. Diane Brewster
Doris Caine …………….. Marlyn Mason

Lawrence launches his 10th year on TV. Scheduled musical highlights include “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,” “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails,” “Sugar Blues” and “Faith Unlocks the Door.” (Live; 60 min.)

9:00 MOVIE (NBC)
[COLOR] Saturday Night at the Movies: “The Mating Game.” (1959) The future of the wacky Larkin family is threatened when the outraged Internal Revenue Service discovers that they’ve never paid any income taxes. (Two hours)

“The Human Comedy.” After he death of his father, young Homer Macawley, is “man of the house.” His first bread-winning scheme is to start a delivery service with his younger brother Ulysses. Based on the novel by William Saroyan.
Homer Macauley ……………. Timothy Rooney
Grogan …………………… Arthur O’Connell
Mrs. Macauley …………….. Phyllis Avery
Ulysses ………………….. Jimmy Honer
Mrs. Winkler ……………… Minerva Urecal
Last show of the series.

Debbie Reynolds is the hostess for the new season’s curtain-raiser. She introduces pianist Liberace, comedian Buddy Hackett, comic-impressionist Rich Little, jazz saxophonist Stan Getz, vocalist Astrud Gilberto, nine U.S. Olympic gymnasts and the 44-member Arirang Korean ballet troupe. Mitchell Ayres conducts the orchestra. (60 min.)

10:00 GUNSMOKE–Western
Festus Hagen’s cousin Mayblossom comes to Dodge to search for a husband, and Festus appears to be the leading candidate. Mayblossom says that they are destined to wed because of a pact their daddies made long ago.


TV Guide, September 19, 1964 (Volume 12, Number 38, Issue #599) [Western New England Edition]

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9 Replies to “TV Guide 365: Saturday, September 19th, 1964”

      1. TRUE!! Harlan Ellison sued Orion Pictures [now part of MGM which also owns OT] over this point! He got a credit but no money because Cameron wanted to countersue and Orion got a gag order placed on him!

  1. The series of 25 minute Mr Magoo series was titled The Famous Adventures of Mr Magoo, each week old Magoo played different fictional characters, one serialised bunch of episodes had Magoo playing Friar Tuck in a Robin Hood tale. The 26 episode series was shown on BBC2 at 9pm during 1966.

  2. Thanks for starting this long undertaking. I’m looking forward to seeing listings from the night when I was born on my 55th birthday next summer.

    1. It’s a little overwhelming to think about 365 days of this but I’m excited. I actually enjoy typing out TV Guide listings.

  3. I loved the fact that TV Guide used to remind you of cancelations, time-slot changes and premieres.!Today they can’t even get the daily schedule right!

  4. I’ve never watched Kentucky Jones, but after reading the synopsis of it’s TV premier I’d like to see at least one episode. I went to YouTube, did a search for the show, and found a two-minute sampler of scenes, which were dubbed into a foreign language.

    Odd that this one season series is apparently available on DVD with the characters speaking a different language, but it isn’t available in Eng!ish.

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